Our Mission


  • Understand the patterns and processes underlying tropical biodiversity
  • Assess the impacts that global change will have on the natural environment
  • Provide knowledge for natural resource policy and management within Australia and internationally.

Research Strengths

The CTBCC is the premier tropical terrestrial biology research group within Australia


The CTBCC has strong links to key initiatives such as Earthwatch, IUCN, NERP and NCCARF. We represent a unique initiative designed to understand and address the critical issues faced by the tropics as we move into the future.

Our capacity to be the key source for biodiversity-relevant information for governments, NGO's, industry and educational institutions is built on decades of sustained expertise in tropical biodiversity issues. Initially focused on the Wet Tropics region of northern Australia, our research and involvement now expand across the broader savannah habitats of tropical Australia and out in to the tropics of Asia, South and Central America.

The CTBCC can provide the necessary tools and expertise to understand and maintain terrestrial biodiversity on a global scale. We engage in both pure and applied research, and provide policy-makers and natural resource managers with the knowledge to make informed, robust decisions aimed at minimising biodiversity loss in a changing climate.

Find us


  • ctbcc@jcu.edu.au
  • Facebook link find us on Facebook
  • Twitter account @ctbcc_jcu on Twitter
  • James Cook University 
    Building 145,
    Australian Tropical Science & Innovation Precinct (ATSIP)
    James Cook Drive 
    Townsville, QLD, 4811 
    Australia

  • Find us in the striped building next door to The Science Place

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